Category Archives: Caribbean news

Canada welcomes Caribbean, other immigrants – By Nelson A. King

Canada welcomes Caribbean, other immigrants

July 18, 2018  – BY NELSON A. KING  -Caribbean Life News

Gilles LePage

Photo:  Gilles LePage, New Brunswick minister of Labor, Employment and Population Growth.

While the Trump administration in the United States has stepped up detention and deportation of Caribbean and other immigrants, America’s next-door neighbor, Canada, is doing the opposite — welcoming immigrants.

On Friday June 13, 2018, the Canadian government said ministers responsible for immigration met to jointly plan for the future of immigration in Canada.

“As immigration is a key economic driver that supports job growth, innovation and diversity across Canada, the Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) met today to discuss key priorities for building on the success of the immigration system,  ” said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the immigration agency, in a statement.             Continue reading

Is Multi-Destination Tourism About To Become A Reality? – By David Jessop

Is Multi-Destination Tourism About To Become A Reality?

There are, however, signs that a product which has been talked about for many years is at last emerging: the multi-destination Caribbean vacation.     Continue reading

Barbados and Guyana to deepen relations on matters of mutual interest

Prime Minister Mia Mottley shares a light moment with Guyana’s President, Brigadier David Granger, ahead of their bilateral talks on the sidelines of 39th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Looking on is Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr Jerome Walcott

Barbados and Guyana to deepen relations

By Shamkoe Pilé -Caribbean News Now

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (BGIS) — Barbados has signalled its interest in collaborating with Guyana on matters of mutual interest.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley expressed this during bilateral talks with t  he president of Guyana, David Granger, on the sidelines of the 39th CARICOM heads of government conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Caribbean: CARICOM report says legalize marijuana use

CARICOM report says legalize marijuana use

As a preparatory step to rendering marijuana as a legal substance, the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana recommended the decriminalization of the drug for personal use in private premises and medical purposes

Marijuana plant

By Sloan Smith – Nassau Guardian

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Commission on Marijuana has recommended the declassification of marijuana as a dangerous drug in all legislation and the reclassification of the drug as a controlled substance in its report presented at the CARICOM heads of government meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, last week.

The commission presented its findings and recommendations into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean.      Continue reading

The View from Europe: Bringing inter-island travel into the twenty-first century – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: Bringing inter-island travel into the twenty-first century

David Jessop

By David Jessop

Addressing the opening session of the just-concluded Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government meeting in Montego Bay, Mia Mottley, the prime minister of Barbados, and Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua, both spoke about the need to radically improve inter-regional travel.

Ms Mottley repeated her view that unless it becomes possible to move freely within the Caribbean using a CARICOM multi-purpose identification card, the regional integration process was unlikely to flourish. What is required, she said, was “hassle-free travel” and a “single domestic space for transportation”. This, she observed, would facilitate economic development and the interchange of ideas, while encouraging a sense of common purpose that would ultimately strengthen regional integration.            Continue reading

Barbadians getting medicinal ganja relief

Barbadians getting medicinal ganja relief

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir recently spoke in parliament of embracing the plant in the economic and health interest of Barbadians.

“We have no time to waste making sure that we can get medical marijuana growing,” he said, adding, “we have an abundance of opportunities when it comes to unlocking and giving people the chance to grow medical marijuana, simply because of the value chain that follows. “I must share with you my government’s intention to make provision for the production of marijuana and other plans for medical purposes.”                 Continue reading

Living as One Community –The Goal – By Vidur Dindayal + video

Subject: Living as One Community.By Vidur Dindayal

With Congratulations to the Caribbean Hindu Cultural Society, London, on their fabulous fund raising concert last Saturday, and looking forward to the launch of the book on Hinduism ( written by our brother Raikha Bisnauth from Blairmont, Guyana ) at Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan, Forest Hill, London, on Saturday 7 July at 7.30pm;

May I please share with you the attached article and video:

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Living as One Community –The Goal

By Vidur Dindayal – London. England.

In the midst of conflict, misery, heartbreaking loss of life, the community comes together as one in solidarity to comfort the suffering, to heal, and to bring promise of a better tomorrow.

In UK in the past weeks we attended commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversaries of attacks on innocent people on London Bridge, Finsbury Park, and Manchester. We did so to remember those who lost their lives and to mourn their loss, to give thanks for the recovery of the many who were injured, for the building of good community relations and for strengthening of friendship and support.                    Continue reading

The View from Europe: The new dimensions of tourism – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: The new dimensions of tourism

By David Jessop

David Jessop

In a week in which Caribbean tourism leaders have been meeting in New York to build on the strong growth that much of the industry is now experiencing, it may seem perverse to be writing about the sustainability of Caribbean tourism.

However, there is growing evidence that fundamental structural changes taking place globally in the industry are likely to raise new questions about the social and economic value tourism brings.

Tourism is increasingly a price-based commodity, benefitting mainly those who own its supply: the hotels, the airlines and cruise ships, and the industry’s multifaceted marketing operations.           Continue reading

Significant reform needed to transform regional aviation industry – CDB president

Significant reform needed to transform regional aviation industry, says CDB president

July 3, 2018 – Caribbean News Now

Dr Wm. Warren Smith, CDB President

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Warren Smith, has called for a new paradigm in the aviation industry, defined by connectivity that is convenient, flexible, and reasonably priced.

Speaking at Aviation Day Caribbean on June 29, Smith noted that transforming the Caribbean airline industry will demand significant reforms and actions by regional governments, but will also lead to a better overall customer experience and to aviation making an even bigger contribution to regional economic activity.             Continue reading

Cubans are flocking to Guyana for economic reasons — but there’s a twist – By Doreen Hemlock

Cubans are flocking to Guyana for economic reasons — but there’s a twist

This month the buyers began to change.
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Since early June, the U.S. government has been conducting interviews at its embassy here for Cubans seeking U.S. immigrant visas, and those visa applicants are now in the shopping mix too. While applying for their visas, some figure they may as well make purchases and re-sell them in Cuba to help pay for their trips.
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